August 14, 2009 in City

Region in brief: EWU restores marching band


And the band marched on. Eastern Washington University has reversed its decision to cancel marching band.

Faced with $13.3 million in budget cuts, the university decided to ax the band to save about $30,000 this year.

“EWU has faced severe budget reductions in the past six months and eliminating the band seemed like one of many budget reduction possibilities,” Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs John Mason said in a news release. “But recent robust enrollment projections, not available at the time the university’s budget reduction plan was adopted, mean the university will have funds to support the marching band.”

The music department will hire a new band director, EWU spokeswoman Teresa Conway said.

Jody Lawrence-Turner

Driver was drunk, investigators say

The driver of a van that slammed into a pickup last week, killing a Mead woman, was drunk and speeding, a search warrant alleges.

Lucian G. Brisan, 29, faces a vehicular homicide charge in the crash Friday that killed Janice M. Pulliam, 57.

Pulliam was helping a friend move when Brisan’s Plymouth Voyager crossed the center line on Magnesium Road near Market Street and struck her head-on about 2:30 p.m., according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s office. She died the next day. Investigators say Brisan was driving 70 to 75 mph in a 35 mph zone and had a blood-alcohol level of .23. The legal limit for driving is .08.

Brisan remained in critical condition Thursday at Deaconess Medical Center.

Meghann M. Cuniff

Donor replaces stolen money

A donor has replaced money stolen from the Shriners Hospital booth Saturday in Riverfront Park. But people who bought Duck Race tickets during Kids Day need new ones.

Curley Werner, of El Katif Shrine, said a Post Falls man who saw a report about the theft on TV came into the Shriners office and wrote a check for $500. The donor was a disabled veteran who asked to remain anonymous.

The thief also took ticket stubs that had the Shriners’ half of the entries purchased for the Duck Race. People who bought the tickets can trade their halves of the stubs for new numbers, Werner said. Call the Shriners at (509) 624-2762.

Jim Camden

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